OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Feb 22 – Mar 1)

Highlights of the week

Important CLA changes coming this weekend (2nd try)

Last weekend the change was blocked at the last minute by a request to amend the CLA text. We’re trying again this weekend.

Starting on March 3, 2013 1700UTC all contributors MUST review and agree to the new OpenStack Individual Contributor License Agreement and provide updated contact information at On that day the Gerrit interface will be changing to present the new CLA text referring to the OpenStack Foundation, and will prompt you to agree to it there. Any previous agreement with OpenStack LLC will be marked expired at that time. The text of the new agreement is available for your convenience. You must also sign up for an OpenStack Foundation Individual Membership with the same E-mail address as used for your Gerrit contact information:

What’s new in OpenStack Grizzly ?

Folsom brought us two new core projects : Quantum (Networking) and Cinder (Volumes). Two new projects have been incubated : Ceilometer (metering) led by Nicolas Barcet (VP Products at eNovance), and Heat (Cloud Orchestration). Oslo is a new incubated project which produces a set of python libraries containing infrastructure code shared by all OpenStack projects. More details for each OpenStack project on this post by eNovance.

OpenStack Ceilometer and Heat projects graduated

The OpenStack Technical Committee have voted these last weeks about graduation of Heat and Ceilometer, to change their status from incubation to integrated. Heat and Ceilometer will be released as part as OpenStack for the next release cycle Havana, due in October 2013.

Raspberry Pi as a transparent squid caching proxy

How does a hacker improve build times when he has a slow Internet connection? A fascinating use of a tiny sub-$50 computer (RaspberryPi) to build cloud images for OpenStack. By Steve Baker

Data placement in OpenStack Object Storage Swift

Technical deep dive in how OpenStack Object Storage solves one of the hard problems of all distributed storage system: how to effectively place the data within the storage cluster. Swift has a “unique-as-possible” placement algorithm which ensures that the data is placed efficiently and with as much protection from hardware failure as possible.

The life of an OpenStack libvirt image

The main stages of a Virtual Machine disk image as it transfers through OpenStack to be booted under libvirt explained by Pádraig Brady.

Security Advisories

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports from past events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Jian Zhang, Intel
  • Dae S. Kim
  • Robert van Leeuwen, Spilgames

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